Adult Education / Career Pathways
Mrs. Sharon Walker
Director of Adult Education
For many ISTC students, Adult Education is the first step on the road to success. The Adult Education team is dedicated to meeting students where they are, providing personalized learning in a supportive, professional environment. In addition to basic literacy skills, students can prepare for the GED or earn a diploma from their hometown high school through Alabama’s Alternative High School Diploma program.
Under the direction of the Adult Education instructors, students can opt for small group learning, individualized instruction, or work one-on-one with qualified peer tutors. Fully equipped classrooms help students prepare for the GED exam, while Pearson Vue computerized testing labs provide immediate access to exam results.
Students interested in pursuing career technical education while earning a GED or high school diploma can take advantage of the Career Pathways program. Career Pathways students enroll in college courses while participating in traditional Adult Education; working toward multiple goals helps students stay motivated, increasing their potential for success.
ISTC offers Adult Education classes at the Tutwiler instructional service center, inside Donaldson, Draper and Elmore correctional facilities, at Red Eagle Work Center and the Alabama Therapeutic Education Facility.
Alabama Therapeutic Education Facility
A partnership between the Alabama Department of Corrections, The Alabama Community College System and The GEO Group, Inc. brings qualified participants a unique opportunity in the form of The Alabama Therapeutic Education Facility. Opened in 2008, ATEF helps prepare participants to transition from incarceration to re-entry.
In addition to Adult Education classes, ISTC offers short-term non-credit training in Carpentry, HVAC, Plumbing and Welding. Participants can also earn forklift operator certification and complete an OSHA 10-hour safety workshop.
Career Technical Education
Students can choose from 17 career technical programs at ISTC, ranging from Auto Body Repair to Welding. All programs offer short-term stackable certificates, which can be combined to earn the traditional “long certificate” issued by Alabama Community College System institutions. Many programs offer industry certification or credentialing, available at no cost to qualified participants.
ISTC career tech instructors bring years of experience to their classrooms. Their strong ties to business and industry help keep course content relevant and focused on emerging trends. Classrooms and labs are designed and equipped to reflect today’s workplace and “live work” projects encourage students to hone their skills.
Career technical programs are offered at the ISTC main campus, Draper and Tutwiler instructional service centers, inside Donaldson correctional facility and include:
At Ingram State Technical College, each “live work” project is a teaching/learning opportunity. All work is done by students under the direct supervision of classroom instructors for the purpose of applying or enhancing learned skills.
Ingram labs are not businesses, projects completed by students may take longer than those done in for-profit business settings. No matter what type of “live work” project you select, the end result is a high quality, low cost item created by an individual who takes pride in a job well done.